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Upcoming events Aug. 5-10

Sunday, Aug. 5

The proclaimed "Restaurant Capital of the World" will be holding their annual Taste of Dorset festival on Sunday, Aug. 5 to give everyone a chance to enjoy the unique qualities of this little restaurant hot spot.

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and go until 3 p.m.

Walk the main street of Dorset for all kinds of food, entertainment, games and socializing.

Live music will be played throughout the town with games galore for kids. Parking is free and transportation is provided from parking areas downtown. The drawing of the yearly mayor of Dorset begins at precisely 2 p.m. and the next year's balloting starts immediately after.

Become the Mayor of Dorset by sending your name, address and phone number along with $1 for your vote to Dorset General Store, 20470 State Highway 226, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

There are no qualifications to become the Mayor of Dorset. Any residency or age is accepted.

Some of the food options include pizza, tacos, fried chicken, corn on the cob, pies, spaghetti balls, shaved ice, pork on a stick, frozen bananas and more.

Monday, Aug. 6

A support group meeting for those affected by celiac disease will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at Sunnybrook Park's birch shelter in Wadena.

The meeting helps people with celiac disease learn about what to eat and how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients. Bring a potluck dish to share and eight copies of the recipe.

Chapter FJ of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at the home of Jan Kehr.

Kay Hamblin will serve as the co-hostess.  The program will be "PEO Trivia." 

Those unable to attend are asked to call Jan Kehr.

Tuesday, Aug. 7

PEO Chapter T will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. 

Jo Hill is the hostess and co-hostesses are Jo Ashmore and Char Westrum. 

The program is "Painting on Silk" and will be presented by Hill.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office invites local citizens to take part in the annual Night To Unite community gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The gathering will take place in the parking lot of the Hubbard County Sheriffs Office & Law Enforcement Center.

This is a time for people to meet and interact with law enforcement officers from the Hubbard County Sheriffs Office and the Park Rapids Police Department. Also present will be the members of the Park Rapids Fire Department and North Ambulance.

The sheriffs office representatives will include members of the Posse Unit, Boat & Water Patrol, SWAT/ERU Team, Explorers Program, ATV Patrol, K-9 Unit, Sentence to Serve, Corrections, Communications and others.

There will be a dunk tank (freewill offering to the canine program), drunk goggles display, child identification fingerprints and a K-9 demo.

Sponsoring this year's event will be Aviands Food & Service Management, Nei Bottling of Bemidji and R&R Rental.

Contact Deputy Halbasch at 732-2588 for more information.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

The Jumpin' Jehosafats, a jazz and gospel group from Minneapolis, will perform Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Akeley United Methodist Church.

A dinner, with a freewill offering, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall followed by a 7 p.m. concert.

The United Methodist Church sponsors the performance.

This year the featured vocalist is Nedra Groggins, a jazz and gospel singer from Cincinnati, Ohio, who has entertained in clubs and churches for the past 30 years.

She will join the Jumpin' Jehosafats in "rocking the house" with vocals and music provided by the group's brass, keyboard, percussion and guitar artists. Lyndy Zabel will direct the show.

Proceeds will benefit the Jericho Ministry Vision Clinic, a Methodist mission that supplies free prescription eyeglasses to the needy in developing countries. This ministry is based in Akeley.

All are welcome.

Park Rapids Retired Military Group, along with Bemidji Retired Military Club, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a potluck picnic at Lake George Community Park on the west end of the city.

Burgers and brats will be provided. Bring a dish to share and utensils and beverage. In the event of rain, the picnic will move to the shelter.

For more information, call Commander Archie at 573-3591.

Northwest Technical College, Bemidji, will be holding an enrollment fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 for students interested in attending college, full- or part-time.

NTC is waiving the application fee for students who attend the enrollment fair. Staff and faculty from a number of NTC's more than 40 educational programs will be available to answer questions about the college and its programs.

Staff will be available to help prospective students find programs that suit their interests and future goals. Assistance with federal financial aid forms will also be available.

Refreshments will be provided, and attendees will be entered to win door prizes.

For more information, call 218-333-6645.

Deane Johnson on clarinet and Roz Pederson on piano will entertain from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at the noon hour concert Thursday, Aug. 9 at Calvary Lutheran Church,

They will play a mix of everything from early French classical music to early 20th century traditional jazz. Bring lunch; beverages and bars will be served.

The Hubbard United Methodist Church will host its annual pig roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 with tickets available for purchase at the door.

"We served a record 500 people last year," said Karen Lundstrom, who heads the kitchen crew. "We are preparing for the same number this year, as we know that most people return each year."

The meal features roast pork, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, broccoli salad, fresh rolls and homemade pies.

According to the Rev. Laurie Kantonen, the pig roast is a major event for the congregation, with most of the members involved in some manner.

"It is a fun day and a perfect opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors," she said.

Proceeds from the annual dinner benefit the United Methodist Women Missions program.

Friday, Aug. 10

CLIMB Theatre will present "The Tortoise and the Hare" at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The mini play, for ages 3-8 and their families, takes a look at bullying.

CLIMB Theatre, located in Inver Grove Heights, is a nationally recognized non-profit company that has provided programming to K-12 schools for 38 years. The theatre's artists write, produce and present plays and drama classes that are entertaining and educational.

The presentation includes a 20-minute performance and 20 minutes of related activities.

The Park Rapids Area High School class of 1972 will be holding a 40th reunion Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11. 

A meet and greet socializing event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Royal Bar. A golf tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday for those interested at Headwaters Country Club. A potluck picnic begins at 11 a.m. at Heartland Park with dinner at 6 p.m. at Summerhill Farm, followed by a brief program. 

For more information, contact Vicki at or 701-367-9893, Pam at or the reunion website,

The Northern Knights celebrate their 29th annual Run to the Rapids street rods show Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11 in Park Rapids.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. on Friday at the C'mon Inn. Registration fee is $25 and includes two $6 meal tickets for Saturday's dinner (participating restaurants' name will be on meal card). Make payments payable to "Northern Knights".

Following that there will be food and soda served, with rock-n-roll music to top it all off. This event is free to all participants.

Saturday kicks off with registration at 8 a.m. on Main street in downtown Park Rapids, following that will be the show-n-shine and trophy presentation at noon.

There will be drawings for cash and prizes all morning for registered participants. Must be present to win; club members not eligible.

After a meal at a restaurant of your choice from 5-7 p.m., stop by the C'mon Inn for a free root beer float.

For more information on this year's Run to the Rapids contact Dave at 218-732-0020, Mike at 218-732-9445 or Fred at 218-732-0252.

The 13th annual Laporte Days will be held Aug. 10-12 "in the small town with the big heart/big celebration" - Laporte.

Rollerskating for kids will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Laporte School. Come in the main entrance of the school. Vendors have supplied over $200 in prizes with 75 chances to win door prizes to be given away throughout the evening.

Lions will be serving a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the Baptist Church basement.

The second annual Memorial Run/Walk Saturday will take place on the Paul Bunyan Trail.

Registration for the event will be at the DNR parking lot from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m.

Diabetes screening will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lions' tent.

Paul Bunyan Radio Control Flyers will demonstrate their aircraft at the mini airfield at 10 a.m.

Kids can search for coins in the money pit south of the flagpole at 2:30 p.m.

Young kids will enjoy games and races at 4:30 p.m., including a scavenger hunt.

NSE Pro Wrestling returns at 5:30 p.m. in the school commons.

Bingo will be played from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Lakeport Fire Hall.

Sunday, area churches invite all for worship.

Organizers are inviting local businesses and neighboring towns from Lake George to Wilkinson, Walker to Bemidji to bring a float to the 3 p.m. Sunday parade.

Line-up is at top of the schoolhouse hill at 2:30 p.m. Call 218-760-3972 for parade information.

The kiddie parade begins at 2:30 p.m. with line-up at the Baptist Church parking lot at 2 p.m. A new ruling this year for the kiddie parade is no animals or motorized vehicles allowed.

Post-parade entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Raffle winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

The event also includes a flea market, crafts and food vendors, with the Lion's lunch wagon opening at 11a.m. each day.

Saturday, Aug. 11

A "fire shower" benefit for Jeff and Lydia Krueckeberg, who lost their home and possessions to fire in June, will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, hosted by the Akeley VFW and friends.

Games for kids and adults begin at 4 p.m. A freewill donation picnic dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. with entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight. Raffle drawings will be ongoing.

A "wish list" is available at the VFW. An account has been set up at the First National Bank in Akeley. Gifts may be dropped off at the Akeley VFW.

Monday, Aug. 13

A Park Rapids blood drive will be held Aug. 13-15 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The drive will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Call Lynn at 732-8250 or Rose at 732-3892 for an appointment.

Tuesday, Aug. 14

The Healthy Moms Network will have a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

Lorri Jager will share "A Healing Miracle" from her personal experience.  Jager had 8 percent functioning in her gall bladder and was scheduled for emergency surgery.  She prayed and felt directed to try a functional medicine protocol instead.  

Five years later, Jager now has full functioning in her gall bladder using natural treatment methods. She uses food to illustrate a story, and will have a snack to share with the group.  All meetings are free and open to women of all ages.   Supervised children are welcome to attend and engage in quiet activity.  For more information, call Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Thursday, Aug. 16

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will showcase the artistic talents of area youth during Youth Music and Arts Showcase IV Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-18 in downtown Park Rapids.

Student artists' works, including paintings, photography, sculpture and pottery, will be shown at businesses in downtown Park Rapids.

A panel of judges will view the students' works. Four $100 scholarships will be given to high school students and four $25 scholarships to middle school age students.

A schedule of the young artists and venues will be available to guide people to all locations. Daycare providers and parents of preschoolers are invited to do chalk art on downtown sidewalks Friday morning.

Free chalk will be available at Wildwood Enchantment, 209 South Main Ave.

The showcase provides young musicians with an opportunity to perform downtown Friday, Aug. 17 and play in a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the last in the 2nd Street Stage summer music series.

For art entry information, call 237-6600. For musician entry information, call 255-1120.

Friday, Aug. 17

The Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers, Inc. (LIRPF) host the 37th annual three-day reunion/show Aug. 17, 18 and 19 on its show grounds located adjacent to the north side of Itasca State Park on Highway 200.

Incorporated in 1976, the LIRPF is dedicated to the preservation and display of historic, rural/logging related Americana for the cultural, educational, entertainment and heritage-related benefits of the public. They are also a non-profit corporation.

During the reunion/show, there will be many attractions including log-handling and loading using horses, lumber sawing on a 95-year-old sawmill, lumber planning, shingle and lath making, birdhouse, broom and rope making and grain threshing and grinding, tractors, vehicles, antique tools, model engines and machines and more.

Displays include a 100-year-old rural schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, log house, church, store, women's activities building and more.

Admission is $10 per day and children 12 and under are free. Food and refreshments are available including lefse and corn on the cob.

Over two dozen rustic-framed buildings are located in the par-like area on the grounds, which contain an auditorium, logging museum, kitchen, blacksmith shop, engines, models and toy displays, hot-air engine displays and other activities.

Some exhibits include the historic Lake Itasca Post Office, with completely restored 1940 interior and early Redby Machine Shop with machines and equipment. Adjacent to this site is another area housing the historic Itasca Park sawmill, the historic A.J. Levorsen sawmill engine and the Roy Hemmerich Logging Memorial.

For more information on this event, go to the LIRPF website at www.itascapioneer

The Park Rapids Lions Club will host a family burger and corn feed night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes burgers, corn on the cob, beans, ice cream and bars.

There will be hula hoop contests, face painting for a freewill donation) and classic cars.

Saturday, Aug. 18

A corn and meatball dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Akeley United Methodist Church.

The menu includes meatballs and mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, tomatoes, cupcakes and ice cream.

Sunday, Aug. 19

St. Theodore's Church, Ponsford and Pine Point, will host the annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

From Highway 34 west of Osage, head north on Co. Rd. 225 to Co. Rd. 129 to 124.

All are welcome